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Pindar Van Arman


Quantum Skull


Pindar Van Arman Creates World-first Quantum Computer-Born, AI-Animated NFT Memorialized by a Robot-Painted Canvas Artwork and Showcased on a MORF AI ArtStick™



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An accidentally discovered algorithm that combines beauty of GANs with the nostalgic feel of 8-bit art.

The images being generated have revealed that they are called bitGANs, and that they are materializing for a purpose. What purpose exactly, I do not know.

This is my documentation of their emergence and my attempts to understand what they are trying to tell us.




  • Emerging Faces

    Emerging Faces

    $500,000.00 | 420.197 ETH

    In 2018, Pindar Van Arman was awarded First Place in the international Robot Art Competition for this series that he did in collaboration with Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja. The faces in these paintings were imagined by neural networks that studied thousands of celebrity faces and then painted them in the style of del Naja’s painting Beirut.

    The sixteen 9″x12″ canvases in this arrangement are the only existing collection of this original award winning piece.


  • Bonnie 2020

    Bonnie 2020

    $100,000.00 | 84.039 ETH

    Portrait of Pindar Van Arman’s wife, a common model for his artistic robots. This image was created by multiple neural networks that worked from an interpretation of four photos. Specifically, the robots used a generative adversarial network to imagine details, a convolutional neural network to apply style, and feedback loops to paint the canvas one brushstroke at a time.

  • Portrait 18,384

    Portrait 18,384

    $100,000.00 | 84.039 ETH

    Portrait painted autonomously by a creative mind that I have been developing for 16 years. Titles to reflect the exact amount of brushstroke used.

  • Corinne


    $100,000.00 | 84.039 ETH

    Portrait painted by Pindar Van Arman’s robots in a collaboration with his daughter, Corinne. The robot used deep learning and feedback loops to imitate Corinne’s simple artistic style.

    The creation of this painting and the AI behind it was featured in the critically acclaimed Justin Krook documentary Machine (

Pindar Van Arman’s robot painting with deep learning neural networks, artificial intelligence, feedback loops and computational creativity


Pindar Van Arman is an American artist and roboticist who designs painting robots that explore the differences between human and computational creativity. Since his first system in 2005 he has built multiple artificially creative robots earning multiple accolades including a TEDx Talk, making the Shortlist at Barbican’s DevArt Competition, and First Prize in the Robot Art 2018.


Hi favorite review of his journey came when Pulitzer Prize winning art critic Jerry Saltz said that work by the robot “doesn’t look like a computer made it.”



Seeing how simple my children’s art was, I wondered if I could teach their creative process to a painting robot. My attempts, failures and successes led to a 15-year journey of artistic discovery that revealed profound insights into how my own mind worked.
While I use artificial intelligence to control robots that paint with a brush on canvas, my art is not the actual paintings. The paintings are merely a record of the progress that I am making towards my ultimate goal, which is the complete deconstruction of my creative process. Oddly, I feel no closer to an understanding than I when I began fifteen years ago. Despite this I look forward to continuing this journey and following it wherever it leads.

15 Years of progress in robotics and artificial creativity

My machines have grown beyond being simple assistants and are now effectively augmenting my own creativity, as well as having creativity of their own. They have become a generative AI art system so sophisticated, that it has forced me to consider the possibility that all art is generative.

Pindar Van Arman